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Grand Lake isn’t this busy even in the normal holiday seasons! We just got another fantastic Boats, Bikes, Bikinis & BBQ event under our belts – now it’s time for a birthday party.  Judging from the fun at Arrowhead last Saturday, I’d say people will still be in a party mood!  It’s Grand Lake’s 75th birthday – and the party runs all weekend.  Friday night, we’ll all gather at the GRDA Ecosystems Center for a party, followed by an outdoor movie on the golf course below the Pensacola Dam (as my pal, Rusty, says – “right there beside the river that started it all.).  Saturday morning bright and early is the Grand Bobber Drop.  You’re your bobbers as they drop from the sky into the lake (in Honey Creek, Elk River, Shangri-La and Sailboat Bridge areas), and see what prize you won!  Right after that, a boat parade starts at Shangri-La Marina at 9:00 a.m. and runs all the way to the Pensacola Dam.  If you can’t be there for the beginning, jump in wherever you can. The parade route ends at the Pensacola Dam where five bands will entertain throughout the afternoon at “Woodstock on the Water,” blasting their tunes from the Disney Park.  This is likely to be an annual event – and I’m thinking it might end up being the fourth major summer holiday on Grand Lake.  At any rate, if we make this one big enough, it will be!  It’s a packed weekend ahead, to be sure! See ya’ there.

Oh, those pesky restrictions & covenants on residential communities, huh?  Everybody in gated communities deals with it.  Now, as it turns out, there’s another gated community where you can’t live in a camper trailer back behind your house.  The Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion! Yep, even the Governor has to abide by zoning regulations.  Her grown daughter is going to have to find her own place – or at least move her travel trailer off the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. Sheesh.  We made national news on that one, too.   


I guess we’re going to have to revise our “fish out of water” analogies.  As it turns out, there now IS a fish that can live out of water. They turned up in Papua New Guinea – fish that can actually walk on land and survive out of the water for days.  They can even live in salt water for a while.  No, I have NOT been drinking!  They’re called “climbing perch.”  Pretty cool.  Didn’t you always want a pet fish you could take for a walk?


I’ll bet you haven’t heard about the biggest loser in the recent Iran-nuclear pact that is so much in the news.  The biggest loser was the brothel business in Vienna, Austria. With diplomats and staff in town for two stressful months of talks, they were apparently doing more than talking.  But now that the talks have ended, the recent business boom for the houses of ill repute is over.  I didn’t even know the Secret Service guys made the trip!

DRIVING IRONIES: An 87 year old man was taking his driver’s license renewal exam when he ran into a building – the driver’s license office. (He failed the test.) Perhaps even more ironic is the accident involving an 83 year old man in Cape Coral, Florida.  He suffered a heart attack while driving, and his out-of-control car came to a rest when it crashed into thick shrubbery – at the Florida Heart Associates building.


SHOOTING IRONY: In Lincoln, Nebraska Paul Boye was sentenced to ten years for shooting his girlfriend. The .22 caliber bullet left a scar cutting right through the middle of her tattoo which read, “Happiness is a warm gun.” Maybe not so much, now.


CRIMINAL IRONY: Closer to home, in Benton, Arkansas, police finally caught Tieren Watson who was a suspect in a shooting. After eluding officers for several days, he was finally caught – wearing a T-shirt that said, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” Probably should have made a better wardrobe selection.

BEST SIGN SEEN LAST WEEK: Sometimes you can try to advertise too many things on one sign.  Like the convenience store advertising “Ethanol Free…Minnows.”  Hmmm. So now you can get ethanol free bait?  Thanks to my pal Randy Krehbiel for sharing this one.


What’s happening in Texas?  First, former Governor and current Presidential candidate Rick Perry was indicted for corruption. Now, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted for securities fraud.  Is Texas trying to take away Illinois’ corruption trophy?


My big entertainment season officially starts Thursday night, with the first debate of the presidential campaign – top ten Republican candidates kick off the season of fun and vast quantity of material for comedians everywhere.  This is going to be fun!  During major campaigns, guys like me don’t even have to think up any funny stuff – the candidates do all the heavy lifting for me!

GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to George Sherman, Paula Harbuck, Barry Lotspeich, Don Baxter, Gerald Keeton, Connard Luper, Jack Adkisson, Lori Gray, Kari Baker, Linda McCulla, Mary Stallings, Les Elder, Phillip Franczyk, Dennis Boyles…and Grand Lake!


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  Where did Webster look up definitions to write the dictionary?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s birthday weekend for Grand Lake. The party starts at 7:00 Friday night at the GRDA Ecosystems Center in Langley with cupcakes, Cherry Berry Yogurt and a fabulous exhibit of photographs of the construction of the Pensacola Dam which created Grand Lake. The Grand Bobber Drop event is back (8:00 a.m. Saturday in the Honey Creek, Elk River, Sailboat Bridge and Shangri-La Marina areas).  At 9:00, join in the birthday boat parade that begins at Shangri-La Marina and continues to the Pensacola Dam where “Woodstock on the Water” fills the afternoon with music from five bands at Disney State Park.  This weekend is also the famous Run a Monkey Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club and the South Central Section PGA Junior Cup Matches start Sunday at Shangri-La.


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There is a variety of great entertainment options around the lake area this weekend. Downstream Casino starts the weekend Thursday night with another in their series of Dirt Road Live free concerts. The featured artist this week is Charlie Robison. At Downstream’s Legends Sports Bar, BuckSnort will be on stage Friday night, followed by Uncrowned Kings on Saturday night. Howard Gayles will entertain with his solo piano performance in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights. The Mark Chapman Band will kick off the Bordertown weekend fun Friday night in the Lost Creek Saloon followed by a great Saturday night concert by Southern Green. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Dirty Saints will entertain both Friday and Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Dewayne Bowman Thursday night. Diversity takes over Friday night, with Big Smitty wrapping up the weekend on Saturday night. If comedy is your thing, Paul Lyons will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest Rio Hillman.

On Monkey Island, The Mason Dixon Band entertains at Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina Friday night, with Whiskey Poet Society taking the stage Saturday night.  Sunday afternoon features Randy Lunsford wrapping up the weekend. Randy Lunsford also entertains ThursdayFriday & Saturday evenings at The Shebang – plus, there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday nights. There’s always fabulous dance music on weekends right across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze and just down the road at Monkey Island Pub and Road Hog Saloon.

On South Grand Lake, Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina features Too Mothers Left on Friday night, with Bootleggers Uniontaking the stage Saturday night. Other weekend live music venues on South Grand Lake include Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina and Pickles at the Lake in Langley.

The big “Woodstock on the Water” concert in Disney adjacent to the Pensacola Dam is Saturday, beginning at noon.  Bands performing throughout the day include Travis Kidd, Kirkland Field, Bootlegger’s Union, Reverse Reaction, Jim Sweney andChris Campbell.

If you’re in the Grove area, there’s always a great band both Friday & Saturday nights, at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).

The best spots to catch major televised sporting events are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Republican Presidential Candidate Debates – Thursday on Fox News at 4:00 (lower tier candidates) and8:00 (top ten candidates). The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Thursday night at 10:00 on Comedy Central is Jon Stewarts final show as host of this popular program


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: The Fantastic Four and Ricki and the Flash


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Television is a powerful influence. Now we’re picking our spouses off of ‘The Bachelorette’ and our presidents off of ‘The Apprentice.’” – Jimmy Kimmel


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 21 – Mary Moore Charity Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Tuesday-Wednesday, August 25-26 – Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Partnership Championship Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Tuesday, August 25 – Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in Vinita (7:30 p.m.). Wednesday, August 26 – Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade in Vinita (11:00 a.m.). Friday, September 4 – Labor Day Holiday Weekend Kicks off on Grand Lake! Monday, September 7 – Labor Day. Saturday, September 19 – REC Day at Grove Civic Center. Saturday, September 26 – National Hook ‘N’ Cookoff at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.


In the sports world, the PGA players are scattered this week.  The WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Coverage begins on the Golf Channel at 12:30 Thursday & Friday and at 11:00 Saturday & Sunday mornings.  CBS picks up the final two rounds beginning at1:00 Saturday & Sunday.  For those who don’t get an invitation to Firestone Country Club, the Barracuda Championship is in Reno this weekend.  Coverage is on the Golf Channel at 5:30 Thursday and at 5:00 FridaySaturday & Sunday. The NASCAR crew is in Watkins Glen this week for the Cheez-It 355.  Coverage is on NBCSN beginning at 1:00 Sunday.


The weekend weather forecast is a carbon copy of last weekend.  Low temperatures will be in the mid-70s, with highs in the mid 90s.  Sunshine and light breeze. It must be August. Get out there and have some Grand Lake fun! Remember, though - wherever you choose to party around the lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.




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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sailboat Bridge

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Riggs & Company in Langley

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)